Limelight

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Rating Title/Year Author
4/5 2040 (2019) Lynden Barber None of the ideas explored here are purely theoretical or pie in the sky. Whether technological or systems-based solutions, they all exist now and could be massively expanded to huge global benefit. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
3.5/5 Peterloo (2018) Lynden Barber Peterloo is an impressive and absorbing achievement that brings an important yet surprisingly forgotten event back into the mainstream consciousness. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
2.5/5 Sometimes Always Never (2018) Lynden Barber The story, partly built around a road trip, is unpredictable, but new director Hunter is a bit too keen to dial up the quirk factor. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
4/5 Cold War (2018) Lynden Barber If all of Hollywood is a form of melodrama, here is its opposite - understated drama that pulls between poignancy and, via its music, a more full-blooded life spirit. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
3/5 The Old Man & the Gun (2018) Lynden Barber Matching Redford for charm is Sissy Spacek as his love interest, the horse ranch-owning widow he 'helps' by the side of the road while trying to elude the cops on his tail. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2018
4/5 Ladies in Black (2018) Lynden Barber From the eye-popping colours of the period's fabulous floral dresses to the snapped suspenders and silk petticoats beneath, this is a film above all for women who love fashion. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2018
3.5/5 Whitney (2018) Lynden Barber Fascinating, well-made and moving - albeit not as unique and necessary as it probably wants us to find it. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2018
3.5/5 Ideal Home (2018) Lynden Barber [Writer-director Andrew Fleming] approaches his material from the inside, and this contributes greatly to the success of the project. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2018
3/5 Last Flag Flying (2017) Lynden Barber Linklater's visual sense has largely deserted him here... or maybe it's just the damp weather blanketing most scenes. But the lead performances are exemplary and the emotional landscape they traverse is far from grey. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2018
4.5/5 The Party (2017) Lynden Barber Potter handles the competing sub-plots like an experienced emergency surgeon in a disaster zone, exploring themes including rationality versus irrationality and the sickness lurking within apparently healthy relationships. EDIT
Posted Apr 13, 2018
5/5 The Death of Stalin (2017) Lynden Barber The film manages to be both scabrously funny and bone chilling as it nails Stalinism's absurdity and inhumanity. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2018
4.5/5 The Square (2017) Lynden Barber The Square is littered with dramatic confrontations and struggles that make it engaging and accessible to a wider audience without undermining its thoughtfulness or ability to take outlandish risks and pull them off. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2018
4/5 Una mujer fantástica (2017) Lynden Barber This fantastic Chilean woman very much lives up to the film's title. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2018
4/5 Sweet Country (2017) Lynden Barber .. this new Australian western plays as darkly and seriously as Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven, except that this time the forces of violence and retribution are rooted in the soils of colonial racism. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2018
3/5 Ôtez-moi d'un doute (2017) Lynden Barber This admirably adult romantic comedy from French female director and co-writer Carine Tardieu raises a few smiles without ever being exactly hilarious. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2018
3.5/5 Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) Lynden Barber While the film certainly has its fair spray of black comedy, not all of it that amusing, it turns out, to its benefit, to be far more morally layered, unpredictable and thoughtful than its marketing campaign suggests. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2018
Never Let Me Go (2010) Lynden Barber Only when the girls team up does the film start to fulfill its promise. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2018
Mad Bastards (2011) Lynden Barber There's no denying the film has real heart, buoyed by surprisingly strong performances from a mostly inexperienced cast who drew on their own lives in creating their characters. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2018
Sleeping Beauty (2010) Lynden Barber Understatedly strange, erotic, quietly surrealistic and slightly disturbing, it's a striking film that immediately marks out its Australian writer-director as a confident new cinematic voice. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2018
Pina (2011) Lynden Barber Instead of being handed facts that could be more readily imparted by a literary biography, we are immersed in [subject Bausch's] startling dance work ... and invited to examine her philosophy and work methods. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2018
Jane Eyre (2011) Lynden Barber As the self-possessed governess Jane, Mia Wasikowska is perfection - relatively plain, the right age (early 20s) and charismatic, while Michael Fassbender's Mr Rochester is all glowering vigour. Pure pleasure. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2018
The Illusionist (2010) Lynden Barber The film is best thought of as a fond homage to Tati from a sympathetic admirer rather than a literal attempt at realising his intentions ... In this it succeeds exquisitely. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2018
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (2011) Lynden Barber We're told there's deep emotion on the screen, but it's hard to feel it. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2018
The Eye of the Storm (2011) Lynden Barber The leads make a meal of their roles in the best possible sense, while the director's daughter, Alexandra Schepisi, makes a major impression as love-seeking nurse Flora. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2018
Midnight in Paris (2011) Lynden Barber Adding depth to the comedy is a smart thematic idea: that golden ages are never golden to those living through them, who merely hanker to escape their own period too. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2018
() Lynden Barber As much as I wanted to be moved by Eleftheriadis, who played the role on stage, there's never the dramatic context needed to make her fine acting meaningful. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2018
Service Entrance (2010) Lynden Barber Director and co-writer Philippe Le Guay deploys a gift for wry observation with a deftly understated approach that defuses the danger of triteness and makes the film a satisfying experience. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2018
The Skin I Live In (2011) Lynden Barber Georges Franju's 1960 classic horror Eyes Without a Face is an obvious touchstone but the new film is more ridiculous than horrific. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2018
Coriolanus (2011) Lynden Barber Fiennes, who previously played the title role in a celebrated London theatre, makes a suitably haughty and intense Coriolanus, while Vanessa Redgrave is in terrific form as the general's influential mother. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2018
Delicacy (2011) Lynden Barber Co-directors David and Stephane Foenkinos (adapting the former's novel) ... play cute, shying away from ironic observation and relying too heavily on charm. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2018
Café de Flore (2011) Lynden Barber For 90 of the total 120 minutes two story threads remain frustratingly unconnected. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2018
Where Do We Go Now? (2011) Lynden Barber Labaki has made something absolutely bold and unique with this tragi-comedy. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2018
Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012) Lynden Barber The film aims for something timeless and achieves it. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2018
A Royal Affair (2012) Lynden Barber The great achievement of director Nikolaj Arcel and screenwriter Rasmus Heisterberg ... is to satisfactorily unite the romantic, dramatic and political elements into a single cohesive unit where all parts are inter-dependent. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2018
What's in a Name (2012) Lynden Barber Adapting their own material, directors Matthieu Delaporte and Alexandre de la Patelliere keep it all moving at breakneck speed while adding necessary moments of repose, and the actors ... give it their all. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2018
We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks (2013) Lynden Barber The film has access to some fascinating expert witnesses and commentators. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2018
Amour (2012) Lynden Barber Even for Haneke this is astringent stuff, light on visual flourish or narrative surprise, but driving it all are magnificent performances that cut right to the quick. The film's unblinking honesty has quiet integrity and power. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2018
Bully (2011) Lynden Barber There are some powerful moments here in a film that will give many food for thought. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2018
The Bling Ring (2013) Lynden Barber Aided by a lively young cast (headed by ex-Harry Potter star Emma Watson), the writer-director creates a film that entertains as much as it appalls. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2018
Blue Jasmine (2013) Lynden Barber In an eponymous lead role owing more than a little to A Streetcar Named Desire's Blanche DuBois, whom she played on stage not so long ago, Blanchett gives an extraordinary performance. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2018
The Rocket (2013) Lynden Barber It's a charming and visually appealing tale filled with energy, humour and heart, yet without a hint of sentimentality. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2018
Frances Ha (2012) Lynden Barber It's a creative marriage forged in heaven or at least the Manhattan equivalent. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2018
Stories We Tell (2012) Lynden Barber Polley proves expert at holding back key information, revealing it at a point where she can most effectively recreate her own emotional journey into what she belatedly realised were mysterious circumstances surrounding her childhood. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2018
Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) Lynden Barber The New York winter has never looked more frosty or hostile, and yet the gorgeous compositions and the plentiful offbeat humour keep the depression ultimately at bay. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2018
Kill Your Darlings (2013) Lynden Barber I'm not sure John Krokidas's lively debut film makes the Beats very likeable - to this reviewer they come across as a gang of spoiled and pretentious young jerks. But that insight (if indeed it is intentional) is not without value. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2018
Mr. Pip (2012) Lynden Barber What [director Andrew Adamson] hasn't been able to do is pull off the story's central narrative shock in a way that preserves its unity rather than splitting it right down the middle. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2018
The Act of Killing (2012) Lynden Barber The result is something we've never seen before - a new type of film - call it psycho-documentary - that's not just about mass crimes but the state of mind that produced them. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2018
Healing (2014) Lynden Barber The film's true star is the lyrical avian cinematography by Andrew Lesnie, of The Lord of the Rings renown. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2018
Belle (2013) Lynden Barber Though the story is set up elegantly, by the halfway point it's obvious where it's headed and it ploddingly sets about going there. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2018
Fading Gigolo (2013) Lynden Barber In the end these shenanigans are much ado about little. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2018